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The Brooke Gallery

| at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 16-310 1880
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A history of a white raja

This is an exhibition on James Brooke( the white raja) a British soldier who ruled Sarawak from... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lina E
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Extremely interesting (but take the river taxi)

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Brooke Gallery in Fort Marguerite. The exhibition is extremely... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Andy K
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Open from 24th September 2016, the 175th anniversary of the founding of the State of Sarawak, the Brooke Gallery tells the story of one of the most remarkable kingdoms in history: Sarawak and its 'White Rajahs'. In the 1830s Sarawak, a province of the once-mighty Sultanate of Brunei in north-west Borneo, was ravaged by piratical raiding and rebellion against Brunei rule. Inspired by stories of its natural wonders and diverse indigenous cultures, a bold English adventurer, James Brooke, arrived on its shores in his yacht, Royalist, in August 1839. He was to forge a unique bond with its peoples and together they built the foundations of today's Sarawak. The displays focus on the people, places and events that have shaped the state. They take us on a journey through a century of 'White Rajah' rule that began in September 1841, was shattered by the Japanese invasion of December 1941 and ended in July 1946 with Sarawak's annexation as a British Crown Colony. The subsequent move towards political independence culminated in Sarawak's part in forming the Federation of Malaysia in September 1963.
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| at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is an exhibition on James Brooke( the white raja) a British soldier who ruled Sarawak from 1842-1868 and his family continued to rule until 1946. The building is quite interesting with narrow stairs and a rooftop overlooking the city. Enterance fees is Rm 20...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Brooke Gallery in Fort Marguerite. The exhibition is extremely informative and well laid out; giving a good history of Sarawak and the Brooke dynasty. Go there by river taxi as we thought we could get there easily across the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Brooke family is central to an appreciation of Kuching. If you go to the museum, old courthouse or any of the remaining colonial buildings in the city, the Brooke Gallery explains them. The gallery charges (and double for foreigners) which is unusual for Kuching...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a sampan across the river near the Hilton Hotel then a short 10 min uphill walk; but a new, more central crossing point and walkway being constructed and due to open in the Autumn. Best to join a guided tour if available as this...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cute museum is housed in a 3-story fortress across the river from all of the hotels. We learned a lot about the white rajahs and the history of Kuching/Sarawak. I would recommend a visit!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is very tricky to get there. I used the bridge and had to follow the fence of the parliament building, did some bush-trekking before arriving. Get your direction right. The place was nice and informative when it comes to the 'English' part of Kuching's...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2018

The objects on display are mostly illustrations of the text that you must read if you want to appreciate the museum at all - and there is a lot of reading. I read almost all of it - very informative, and perhaps more interesting than...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this insight into a chapter of history unfamiliar to me. Family support adds value. A must visit on any trip to Kuching.

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

This was the most interesting museum I visited in Kuching - English adventurer who ends up as Rajah of an exotic faraway land ... definitely the stuff of Boys Own adventure stories!

Thank Louise B
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

If you are interested in the history of Borneo, this place is worth a visit. You need to catch a water taxi to cross the river and then it's a 1/2 mile walk up to the old Fort Margherita which has been converted into a...More

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Marie E
6 November 2017|
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Dear Sir/Madam Greetings from the Brooke Gallery, Fort Margherita, Kuching. Thank you for the email & thank you for your school's interests in visiting us at The Brooke Gallery. For your kind information, our entrance... More
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Kakamal
21 July 2017|
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Take the sampan to the jetty. Walk up the stairs, around the abandon school and through the grounds. About 8 mins from jetty to the fort.
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Hello, Thanks for your message and for your interest in Fort Margherita! It will depend on the ages of your group, and whether you would like us to arrange any special activities. If you can send us an email or give us a... More
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